Buying a Telescope

Beginners considering the purchase of a telescope should definitely read the general introduction from "Buying Your First Telescope" guide from Sky at Night magazine. Once that information has been digested, there are some good sites that recommend specific telescopes for beginners:

For anyone interested in the potential for amateur radio astronomy, a very interesting discussion of the possibilities is hosted by the British Astronomical Association.

Observing

The Go Stargazing website is a useful resource, publicising stargazing events, with guidance on the best locations and what you can expect to see.

Other Software and Websites

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.  It shows a realistic sky as you would see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.  Runs on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

Virtual Moon Atlas used by more than 750 000 persons all over the world. Used in several books, magazines, observatories, universities, Web sites and blogs. Used in Chandrayaan 1 lunar mission preparation. Recommended by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Ministry of National Education.  Available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

Celestia is free space simulation software that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - information on all NASA JPL unmanned missions.  JPL also run The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series every month.  This page has information on upcoming lectures and an archive of previously shown webcasts.

NASA Eclipse website - information on past and future solar and lunar eclipses, including the partial Solar Eclipse visible from Scotland on Friday 20th March 2015.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Stargazers Lounge - popular amateur astronomy website, forum and source of information and advice.

Space Weather - news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.

NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center - the US government's official space weather site.

The BBC The Sky at Night magazine website - astronomy news, equipment reviews and information.

The ASG Council has roles and responsibilities as laid out in the Constitution. The Council meets regularly, and members may view the minutes of Council meetings.

The office holders for 2019-2020, and their assigned responsibilities, are as follows:

Paul Makin

President
ETMO Working Group
ASG Webmaster

Julian Gibson

Vice President
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ETMO Working Group
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Acre Road Support
Constitution Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Andrew Conway

Vice President
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Acre Road Support

Craig McNey

Vice President
Constitution Working Group (lead)
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ASG Telescope Custodian

David Degan

Secretary
Summer Outing Organiser
Kelvingrove Point of Contact
Roukenglen & RSPB Outreach
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Alex Dumitriu

Treasurer
ETMO Working Group (hardware lead)
Society Deputy Webmaster
ASG Telescope Custodian

Henry Bryce-Smith

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Observing Section Visual Presentations

Colin Robb

Ordinary Council Member
Astrophotography Group (lead)
Acre Road Support
Outreach (various)

Frank Conn

Ordinary Council Member
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Constitution Working Group
Outreach Support (Various)
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Hamilton Low Parks Museum Point of contact
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ASG Telescope Custodian

Jim Foreman

Ordinary Council Member
Society Deputy Treasurer
Constitution Working Group

Laura Stenhouse

Ordinary Council Member
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Lorna Napier

Ordinary Council Member
Newsletter Editor (joint)
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Curator of Outreach Materials
Acre Road Support

Chris O’Kane

Ordinary Council Member
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Newsletter Editor (joint)
RSPB Point of Contact
New Lanark Point of Contact
Whitelees Point of Contact
Acre Road Support
Curator of Outreach Materials

Ian Wylie

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Acre Road Support

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  • Darker skies observing evenings held at Mugdock Country Park just outside Glasgow where we have slightly darker skies to observe under. Members bring along their own telescopes, and the Society's telescopes are available for members to look through. So if you're looking to purchase a new telescope, this could be the best way to try out many different scopes under darker skies and ask all the questions you want to from people who own the scopes!
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